Tutus Old and Tutus New – Video Picks

Web Video Candy for Tutu Lovers Luckily for dance and costume aficionados, Vimeo and YouTube are filled with short, behind-the-scenes videos from dance companies around the globe.    Here are two tutu treats–one showing the creation of a new costume for Firebird at Salt Lake City’s Ballet West… …and the other showing how New York … Continue reading

20 Pirouette Tips from the Rockettes

The Rockettes: Stunning Kicklines and Sparkly Costumes Galore… And a Modern Website with Great Tips for Dancers!!   20 Pirouette Tips for Dancers from Rockettes.com Check out the Original Post from The Rockettes Here. (All links within the 20 tips go back to related articles from Rockettes.com) Want to improve this dance move? Here are … Continue reading

Sydney Studio Doing Pre-Ballet (and marketing) Right

Found: Big Steps Little Feet An Australian Dance Studio with an Inspiring Focus on Creative and Brain-Based Dance for Pre-Schoolers (and some really catchy marketing materials) After wasting a few moments of my life on a bogus top ten list for why some mom was enrolling her kid in pre-ballet, I found a gem of … Continue reading

Found: Cartoon Defense of Music & Dance Education

Why teach the arts? I wish this question didn’t need to be asked and answered so often. But since our culture does seem to require a defense of teaching music and dance…it’s nice to have little inspirational videos like this one that make the case for us. “One doesn’t make the end of the composition, … Continue reading

Why Dance?

Two months ago I had the honor of being invited by a Junior Girl Scout Troop to sit on a panel for a Question & Answer about being a professional woman.   One of the questions that I was asked during the panel has been churning in my working brain ever since.  It was such … Continue reading

Found: Footloose ’11 Star Talks Believing in Yourself

Sometimes I need a reminder that the next generation, every generation, needs to hear the simple messages. That’s why I was happy to stumble upon this video of dancer Kenny Wormald, star of the 2011 movie version of Footloose,  sending a message that kids can be afraid of “different”…but that difference may be exactly what leads … Continue reading

Treasure Chest of Ailey Videos

Tonight I am attending a concert of my absolutely favorite dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Seeing a performance of Alvin Ailey is like coming home for me. You can bring Ailey inspiration wherever you have internet connection by watching excerpts of the company and their school on the richly populated Alvin Ailey Vimeo … Continue reading

National Water Dance – April 12, 2014

This April people around the country will be using their artistic bodies to bring awareness to W~A~T~E~R—-water safety, water magic, water conservation, water celebration. I am inspired by this face of dance…dance out of the studio and among citizens….dance that can help to “teach people to love the earth before we ask people to save … Continue reading

Video How-To Resource for Teachers

is the at-home colleague I sometimes need. I often turn to Dance Teacher Magazine’s on-line collection of teaching videos. The variety is impressive: tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, modern, anatomy, creative movement, yoga for dancers! Click a picture for the link to Dance-Teacher.com. (The listing for the entire collection can be found here).       … Continue reading

So You Want: Peppy, Smart Music for Kids? – Laurie Berkner

…check out The Laurie Berkner Band at laurieberkner.com. She regularly appears on Nick, Jr. with fun video versions of her “kindie rock” songs. You can find many of these on YouTube. I like her songs because they are often rhythmically and musically interesting with alternating paces and multiple instrument lines to keep little ears interested. … Continue reading

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